The Legacy Services Club will receive $70,491 to construct a new war memorial bell tower at the Catholic Parish of St Edward’s South Tamworth church, through the latest round of the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service program.
The Saluting Their Service program ensures Australia’s wartime history is preserved and those who have served during wars, conflicts and peace operations are appropriately remembered.
Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said the commemorative projects in New England would continue the tradition of remembrance, and he looks forward to seeing the finished work.
“I am so proud of the history of service in New England and these projects are a wonderful way for us to commemorate and reflect on the sacrifice of all those who have served from our communities.”
“I am very pleased to see such a wide range of projects being supported, including more than $3,000 for the Tenterfield Returned and Services League Sub-Branch to produce and install interpretative panels for First and Second World War artillery guns displayed at the Tenterfield and District Soldiers Memorial Hall,” Mr Joyce said.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee the two projects are among more than 80 successful recipients, which cover a wide variety of projects put forward by ex-service organisations, clubs, schools and community groups right around Australia.
“Australia owes an enormous debt of gratitude to all those Australians who have served our nation, defending our freedoms, values and way of life, and this funding is just one of the many ways we honour that debt,” Minister Gee said
“Large or small, all these projects represent Australia’s unwavering commitment to always remember and reflect on all that our service personnel have done for our country.
The funding is part of the Australian Government’s $32 million investment in Veterans’ Affairs grant programs this year.
The next round of the Saluting Their Service program is open, and applications can be submitted until 8 February 2022.